Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers

Havana, Cuba

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Morningside Music Tours
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9 reviews
Jan 11 - 18, 2020
Group size: 5 - 11
Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers
Havana, Cuba

Morningside Music Tours
  • Facebook verified
9 reviews

$NaN
Jan 11 - 18, 2020
Group size: 5 - 11

About this trip

 Take this once in a lifetime, trip and explore  Cuba's rich musical heritage by meeting and working with some of the country's best musicians.  In addition to taking in incredible live music at the weeklong Havana Jazz Festival,  you will be in for an intense musical experience by collaborating with Cuban musicians with daily private lessons, workshops, masterclasses, ensemble sessions and a final performance.  You can join the trip as a non-musician as there will be other activities to do while music lessons are happening.  Our trip falls in the category of 'Support of the Cuban People' under OFAC/US Treasury guidelines. . We will interact with incredible, dedicated Cuban musicians who love to share their knowledge.. We will be supporting these musicians thru an independently owned music school by bringing much needed musical supplies to the local musicians.  We will also be supporting and interacting with the Cuban people in numerous other ways by visiting art galleries, markets, taking dance lessons and getting historical tours from our local guides.  We will also take a day trip to the lush Viñales Valley and visit a tobacco plantation as well as the national park. The whole week you will be learning about Cuba's fascinating history. 

What’s included

  • Music Lessons
    Daily lessons and ensembles with professional Cuban musicians
  • Lodging
    Lodging will be single or double rooms at casa particulares (comparable to 4 star hotel)
  • Concert Tickets
    Nightly excursions to jazz festival events
  • Walking Tour
    Guided educational walking tour of Old Havana
  • Classic Car Tour
    Classic car city tour with educational stops at historic monuments
  • All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Ground Tansportation
    All ground transportation in air conditioned 26 seat bus with bilingual guide
  • Bring along a friend
    options for spouses, friends and non-musicians include support of the Cuban people activities such as guided museum visits, history tours, dance classes, cooking classes, and private art galleries.
  • Day Trip
    The Viñales Valley has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the outstanding karst landscape and traditional agriculture as well as vernacular architecture, crafts and music.
  • Airfare
    Airfare not included
  • Visa
    puchased when you check in at airport - $50

Available Packages

Single Room
Available until November 15, 2019Sold Out
$2,900
Deposit: $500
Double Room
Available until November 15, 2019Sold Out
$2,750
Deposit: $500
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Itinerary

Day 1
Get settled in

After getting picked up from airport we will get checked into our lodgings and have a little time to relax before dinner. After dinner we will visit the famed jazz club La Zorra y El Cuevo. 

Your Organizer


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Morningside Music Tours
9 reviews
Multi-instrumentalist Dan Fox started Morningside Music Studio in 2007 in Arlington, MA as a music school specializing in ensembles for adults. After bringing groups of students to summer workshops abroad in Genoa, Italy and Mallorca, Spain, it was clear that the combination of an immersive musical environment plus signature destinations made for a rich and fruitful creative experience! Morningside Music Tours provides the opportunity for musicians to learn new skills, perform in an exciting environment, and learn from the best.

Reviews

That I am blown away by Havana with its rich culture and hold the highest admiration for Cubans we’ve met, is testament to the amazing itinerary and program, Morningside Music Tours and its partner, Havana Music School organized. I am a professional jazz musician (pianist/vocalist) that joined the Cuban music workshop so I could woodshed my montunos. The week-long trip was intense. Mornings comprised of ensemble and individual lessons (including a beach percussion class); the afternoons a variety of cultural activities—from a cigar experience, salsa class, horseback riding in a farm to city tours on foot and via classic car; the evenings almost always included phenomenal live music. For the final evening, the ensemble class performed a “concert” or more correctly, was a feature in a music jam. First of, a review is incomplete without a big kudos to the founders of both Morningside Music Tours in the US (Dan) and Havana Music School in Cuba (Miguel). Dan not only chose a great partner institution in Cuba, but also sent advance music material to work on in preparation for the music lessons. He also made every effort to accommodate requests of the group and organized a virtual meeting to prep participants on what to expect. Once in Cuba, Miguel, took over and was over and beyond helpful in negotiating our way around WIFi issues, money exchange and other details. What was great was that Miguel and his staff have a strong familial bond which is rare and beautiful to see in a business; and even more unusual is how they welcomed us into their family. The love is and was palpable. Any business that treats its members with respect and love will always get my vote, but here are other reasons I thought the trip exceptional and why you should book through MorningSide Music Tours: -Selection of restaurants and venues were excellent! I am also a culinary educator and was impressed by food quality in many of the restaurants we went to and wowed by the artsy and edgy ambience in most, which are among the best I’ve seen anywhere. -Havana is one giant cultural immersion. The level of musicianship is phenomenal since musicians are classically trained from when they are 7 years old. Be prepared for a visual and aural blast. We met (and jammed with) some really amazing cats! Great selection of live music in both intimate and concert-like settings. -good variety of cultural activities -pleasant accommodations and staff in casa particulares -there is no sugar coating the problems most Cubans face every day; the severe lack of basic supplies, the lack of income. Being able to engage more personally with Cubans helped me understand more the effects of geopolitics on the people, what it means in the every day sense, and also how we can help Cubans. People coming to Cuba, spending on activities and supporting local trade are good ways to get money directly into the hands of people especially through trusted outfitters like Monrningside Music Tours and Havana Music School. -Music school teachers, staff and guides are exceptional. Mila, Yaimara, Pompa, Ale, Olivia, Mauris. I am particularly happy with my individual lessons with Maestro Juan Pompa who helped me refine montuno playing. I am in deep admiration of the Cuban people, its artistry, resilience and openness, and am grateful to Dan, Miguel and those at Havana Music School for showing me the real Cuba. Muchas gracias! Ya los extraño.
By Maria Elenita D for Ultimate Havana Experience for Dancers, Musicians and Music Lovers on 13 Jun, 2022
Thanks for the review Marlene! I hope you can join us again at some point down the road.
By Morningside Music Tours on 13 Jun, 2022
MM
All in all this was a great trip and an outstanding opportunity to learn Afro-Cuban songs and rhythms. I really enjoyed traveling with and playing music with the people on the trip, and our Cuban instructors and tour guides were incredible. In the evening we saw some wonderful music at jazz clubs, restaurants, and at the Havana Jazz Festival. It seemed like everywhere we went, in restaurants and on the street, there was music playing, and it was a blast being able to get up and play along with them, The afternoon activities were great also, including the trip to Vinales, the tour of Old Havana, and car ride in the antique cars. And I can't say enough good things about the food. On this trip we stayed with Cuban families. I enjoyed talking with our hosts and learning about their lives. I would also say that I really enjoyed the city of Havana.
By Eric S for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 29 Jan, 2020
Thanks for the review and I'm glad you were satisfied with the trip, Eric. It was great to have you along and get to know you better.
By Morningside Music Tours on 29 Jan, 2020
MM
This was the emotional high point of any trip I’ve ever taken ~ built around music, with such warm, expressive, bright Cuban musicians leading our every move, and touring us around fabulous Cuba, dining on exquisite cuisine in lush, beautiful settings. I could never have imagined how fabulous Cuba could be, its beautiful, colorful architecture, magnificent flora everywhere, and so hope to return soon, especially with Dan, who has perfected this trip after five years of honing its details, and so well knowing how to handle the people aspects of a group traveling together. Our Casa particulares was lovely, my suite mates on the trip ideal and caring, and the women who cooked our breakfast and brought us every convenience ~ so thoughtful and responsive. Here’s to next year!
By Elsa S for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 27 Jan, 2020
Thank you Elsa, it was so great to meet you! You had such a positive attitude and you made sure you appreciated every moment. Thanks for the kind words and I hope you can make it next time as well.
By Morningside Music Tours on 27 Jan, 2020
MM
This was the musical trip of a lifetime! Always wanted to travel to Cuba to soak in the music and the culture first-hand --and this was the way to do it. The planning, accommodations, meals, lessons and special events were handled extremely well. The highlight for me was getting the chance to hang out with Cuban people, whether making music together or simply riding in one of those cool taxi cabs. I'd make this trip again in a heartbeat!
By Rebecca C for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 27 Jan, 2020
It was great to meet you, Rebecca, and hear your wonderful flute playing! Thanks for the kind words and let's keep in touch for sure.
By Morningside Music Tours on 27 Jan, 2020
MM
Highly recommend! We had an awesome time. Just the music lessons alone would have made the trip worth it -- getting to learn from and play with Cuban percussionists was out of this world! Throw in great company, beautiful weather, amazing food, live music everywhere and jazz shows every night ... could you ask for anything more? If you are thinking about going on this trip, you should stop thinking, and just go! I guarantee your future self will thank you.
By Alice L for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 26 Jan, 2020
Thanks for the kind words, Alice. It was great to meet’ Ziba and get to know you better. I look forward to hearing some of this new knowledge coming out in your drum set playing!
By Morningside Music Tours on 26 Jan, 2020
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